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Ebony Horse Club visit Lingfield Park
23rd June, 2015
On Thursday, 28th May BHEST ran a special Racing to School day at Lingfield Park Racecourse for a group of young people from Ebony Horse Club, which uses horses to improve the education, life skills and aspirations of disadvantaged young people growing up in Brixton, South London.
Although the young people who took part in the Racing to School day already had riding experience, they had a limited understanding of horseracing and so were keen to learn how it compared with other equine disciplines.
The day’s itinerary was based around key areas of the racecourse to give the young people an overview of all the elements which are involved in a day’s racing, and the career opportunities which racing offers. Starting with a visit to the Racecourse Stables to see the horses arrive and understand the safety and security systems in place, they then moved to the Weighing Room to understand the reasoning behind the handicapping system and its implications for jockeys, and out for a course walk to understand more about the different race tracks and racing surfaces. The final activity before racing was a chance to learn about the particular style and techniques required for race riding and try them out for themselves on BHEST’s equiciser.
After watching the 1st Race the group were delighted to be invited to make the presentation to the winning connections. The children were particularly excited that their presentation was filmed by a TV crew from Dubai filming for a brand new drama series to be aired in the UAE called ‘Dubai, London, Dubai’.
Andrew Perkins, Executive Director of Lingfield Park said: ‘We were thrilled to have the Ebony Horse Club with us and we hope the youngsters thoroughly enjoyed their day. We can’t always promise to make our visitors ‘film stars’ but we do try our hardest to give them a great experience!’
Linda Hines from Ebony Horse Club now hopes to make the Racing to School day an annual event in Ebony’s calendar commenting:
‘The children found it very interesting and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They particularly enjoyed seeing the horses and jockeys up close, and commented on how it was ‘a once in a lifetime experience’.
A member of Ebony Horse Club testing out their Jockey skills